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Fish Biologist

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Department Of The Interior US Fish and Wildlife Service

$33,394.00 to $53,773.00

Manistee, MI

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$33,394 to $53,773 per year

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1 vacancy in the following location:

Manistee, MI

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You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

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Current or former competitive service employees, including:

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This position is part of the Ludington Biological Station. As a Fish Biologist you will be responsible for serving as a Fish Biologist in the Sea Lamprey Management Program and conducting sea lamprey control and assessment activities at the Ludington Biological Station in Manistee, MI.

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As a Fish Biologist, you will be responsible for:

Ensuring the appropriate application of highly specialized fishery equipment commonly used in fishery biology (i.e. electrofishers, nets, trawls, water sampling devices, etc.).

Summarizing and interpreting biological data and making recommendations.

Presenting the results of highly technical content at workshops, professional meetings and symposia.

Representing the Service and the Program to the public, sports groups, educational institutions and others and conducting outreach related to the Sea Lamprey Control Program.

Assisting in the development of annual plans that describe the field work required, tools needed, and sampling or control locations.

Coordinating and scheduling specific tasks of Program activities throughout the Great Lakes based upon workload and priorities.

Ensuring the proper use, care, maintenance, and safekeeping of equipment used in field operations.

Operating and assuring the maintenance and repair of motorized watercraft up to 26 feet, nonmotorized watercraft, ATV's, and vehicles with trailers.

Travel Required

75% or less - Extensive overnight travel (20 or more nights per month) is required during an April to October field season.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Agency Employees, CTAP, Land Management, Public Land Corps

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

0482 Fish Biology



Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. Citizen or National

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service

Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)

Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation

May be required to successfully complete a probationary period

Time-in-Grade requirements apply to status candidates

Pre-employment physical and capability testing is required

LMWFA or Public Land Corps eligibles may apply

Selectee must wear the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Uniform

This position requires lifting, standing, physical labor, and outdoor work.

Only experience and education obtained by 01/26/2018 will be considered.

The position sensitivity level for this position has been designated as nonsensitive. Accordingly, the selectee may undergo a background investigation prior to appointment.

Physical Capability: Much of the work is performed in a field environment, and involves arduous labor. The incumbent is required to be in excellent physical condition and capable of rigorous outdoor activities, including safely hiking over wet, rough, steep, or rocky terrain. Work requires frequent bending, stooping, walking, standing, working in cramped positions, climbing, and prolonged standing on concrete floors. Duties of the position occasionally require driving on unimproved roads, considerable walking on steep terrain (80 percent or more), working in water with boots or waders, walking through or working in heavily timbered areas (sometimes walking 5 or more miles), at times carrying heavy packs, lifting and moving objects over 50 pounds, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, climbing, or other similar activities. The field work takes place outdoors during all seasons of the year, often under adverse weather conditions, with temperatures ranging from 20 to 100 degrees (F). and in very dry to rainy and snowy conditions. Field work is performed during the daytime, night, weekends, and holidays. The nature of the work requires an adequate sense of sight and hearing to safely perform the duties. Work requires incumbent to wear potentially uncomfortable safety equipment, including a negative pressure respirator for extended periods of time,

Medical Standards: The candidate must meet medical standards to assure the ability to perform field work safely. New employees must pass a pre-employment medical examination and the incumbent will require continued medical clearance through periodic medical examination. Also, the incumbent will be subject to exposure of specific medical surveillance testing before and after field seasons.

Retention is subject to satisfactory completion of a physical capability test immediately after entering on duty. The physical capability test will simulate the lifting, carrying, and emptying containers of lampricide (TFM, 50lbs). Failure to satisfactorily complete this physical capability test may result in the incumbent being terminated from his/her employment with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Basic Requirements for this position: You must meet A or B below to qualify for the position.

A. Degree: biological sciences that included: (1) At least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology; AND (2) At least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields.


B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Specialized Experience Requirements: In addition to meeting one of the basic entry requirements listed above, you must have the appropriate specialized experience as described below. This applies to the GS-07 grade level.

You may qualify at the GS-07 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:

A. Completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in a field of study that demonstrates the competencies required by this position with either (1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale; (2) a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for all required courses completed in a qualifying major field of study at either the time of application or during the last two years of your undergraduate curriculum; (3) class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or a major subdivision of the college; or, (4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies; OR

B. One full year of graduate level education in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in a major study directly related to fish biology. The education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position; OR

C. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to conduct biological surveys of waters and evaluating biological data; OR

D. A combination of education and experience as listed above.

NOTE: To be credited as specialized experience, technical work must be comparable to that which would have been gained in a professional series and clearly demonstrate that the applicant has the necessary background to perform satisfactorily the duties of the position to be filled. Professional positions generally differ significantly in the nature of the work (e.g., greater independence, responsibility, and judgment). Therefore, if applying for this professional position and you wish to be considered on the basis of a minimum one year of technical work experience at the next lower grade, your application must clearly evidence the variety and progressive nature (independence, responsibility, and judgment) of your work assignments and any applicable training or coursework completed.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act allows land management eligibles who currently or formerly were under time-limited competitive appointments at certain land management agencies to compete for permanent positions in the competitive service when such agencies are accepting applications from individuals within the agencies workforce under merit promotion procedures:

Current appointees:

·Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency,

·Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND

·Must have performed at an acceptable level during each period of service

Former appointees:

·Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency,

·Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years;

·Must apply for position within 2 years after your most recent date of separation,

·Must have been separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND

·Must have performed at an acceptable level throughout service period.

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority:

(1) Eligibility: In order to be eligible for PLC non-competitive status, a former member of the PLC must provide documentation, as part of their application, verifying their eligibility and that they meet the following criteria:

(a) Served as a qualified youth on an appropriate conservation project completing a minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service that included at least 120 hours through the PLC;

(b) Applied to a vacancy announcement for which applications are being accepted from individuals with non-competitive status;

(c) Meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) minimum qualification standards and any other qualification requirement(s) stated in the vacancy announcement for the position which you are applying; and

(d) Completed his/her most recent Corps service, which provided him/her with a total of 640 hours, inclusive of 120 hours on a PLC project as defined in 16 USC 1723(d), within the last two (2) years.

(2) Appointments must be effected within the two (2) years requirement.

(3) The two (2) year time-frame cannot be extended.

(4) Selectees will be subject to a probationary period consistent with other competitive service positions.

(5) This authority may be used for General Schedule and Federal Wage System positions.

(6) Competitive service appointments may be made for temporary, term or permanent positions.

Promotion Potential: This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-11. At lower grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-11. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.The selectee may be promoted without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.


PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.

PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit:

Additional information

To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at

FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 01/26/2018. More than one position may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area

Relocation expenses will be paid.


MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: You must pass a pre-employment medical examination. Also, you may be subject to post-employment medical examinations to determine if you are maintaining the fitness standards for this position.

DRIVER'S LICENSE: You must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during your tenure.

TRAVEL: Extensive overnight travel (11 - 20 or more nights per month) is required during an April through October field season. Government housing is not available at permanent duty location.

GOVERNMENT CHARGE CARD: New employees will be expected to travel on official business and apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of appointment. Inability to clear the credit check in order to obtain a Government travel charge card may result in removal from the position.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Knowledge of theory and principles of fishery biology and related disciplines,

Ability to manage field operations of small work teams and assure operation is conducted in conformance with standard operating protocols.

Skill in effective written communication.

Skill in effective oral communication.

Ability to collect and summarize scientific data.

Skill in the use of fish sampling gears.

Career Transition Assistance (CTAP) : This program applies to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit:

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.

Other supporting documents:

Cover Letter, optional

Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected.

SF-50 (non-award), or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee. Your SF-50 (non-award) must show tenure code 1 or 2 in block 24, and position occupied code 1 (competitive service) in block 34. Note: Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action, that shows you are serving under a permanent career or career-conditional appointment (code 1 or 2 in block 24) in the Competitive Service (code 1 in block 34). The SF-50 must show the position title, series, grade, and step of your position. If you are claiming reinstatement eligibility, you must submit an SF-50 showing your separation (resignation, termination, etc.). If you have previously held a higher grade than the grade/position you currently occupy, you must submit a copy of the last non-award SF-50 you received for that position. If you have any questions regarding which SF-50's to submit, it is highly recommended that you contact the person listed on this vacancy announcement before the closing date.

If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

Please submit a copy of your most recent, signed and completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If it is not dated within the last 18 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application. Please include incentive awards with your application.

If LMWFA, provide all SF-50s and other appropriate documents prior to appointment. If there are multiple periods of time-limited employment, proof must be received for each of the periods of employment used to satisfy the 24-month requirement. Proof of Acceptable Level of Performance for each time limited appointment will also be required.

If PLC, provide documentation verifying your eligibility.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Review the Appointment Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. You will ONLY be considered for the appointment eligibilities that you selected. You must provide proof of your eligibility as required by appointment eligibility to be considered.

Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month/day/year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.

You must also complete the online application and assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

DEADLINE DATE: A complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on 01/26/2018 to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

When completing the eligibility portion of the application process, please note that only items you answer yes to will be used for consideration. You may choose more than one eligibility and you must submit the appropriate documentation specified in the vacancy to support your claim.

This eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this announcement. You must provide proof of your eligibility (as described below) and will only be considered for the questions that you indicated yes.

Please note, your eligibility will be based solely on the selections you have indicated in this section. You must provide the supporting documentation to support your claim to be considered. You may choose more than one eligibility in this section.

To view the assessment questionnaire, click here:

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (

), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit:

Agency contact information

Catherine O'Meara


(612) 713-5247



Division of Human Resources

5600 American Blvd, West Suite 990

Bloomington, MN


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Next steps

Once you submit all the required documents and the online application in USAJOBS, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the evaluation process is complete, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

You will be notified if this job is filled or canceled. Timelines for this process vary widely.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to your USAJobs Account.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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